The child has locked an object in his nose or ear, what are you doing?

The child has locked an object in his nose or ear, what are you doing?

Locking foreign objects in the ear or nose of the young child is an unpleasant and dangerous accident, which often results from the parents' inattention. When he is young, the child tends to frequently put different objects or pieces of food in his mouth, nose or ear, and these may become blocked, the danger of infections or hearing impairment being sometimes inevitable. Find out how you should react and what you need to know in the event of such an accident!

Learn to recognize the symptoms of blocking a foreign object in your ear or nose!

There is a risk that the object locked in the nose will be so small that it will not be visible to the naked eye and you will not realize that such an accident happened. The baby's reactions can help you discover more easily whether or not your baby has locked an object in such areas.

The blocking of a foreign object in the ear is manifested by the following symptoms:

  • pain;
  • secretion;
  • hearing loss;
  • the child frequently puts the handle on his ear or always plays with it.

Obstruction of the nasal pathways with an object has the following symptoms:

  • yellow or bleeding nasal secretions;
  • bad breath;
  • difficult breathing on the nose;
  • frequent touch of the nose by the child.

Stay calm and carefully inspect the child's condition!
Don't be impatient and don't look scared in front of the little one, because you will make him feel irritated and agitated.
Do not try to remove the locked object alone if it is not enough outside to easily catch it with a tweezers, as you risk pushing it even further and endangering its hearing or breathing even more. If you see and have access to its edges, you can try to catch it with the tweezers.

Go with the little one to the doctor!


If you cannot remove the object with the tweezers, because it is inserted too deep into the ear or nose and blocked, go to the hospital urgently, to let the doctors deal with it.
For added safety, it is advisable to take him to see a doctor even if you managed to remove the object. It is good to be sure that there are no other devices locked inside, which he accidentally introduced, and which are not visible to the naked eye.

What do doctors do to remove objects from the nose or ear?

Once the doctor arrives, the child will undergo thorough investigations to determine if the object has reached a sensitive area or not, or if the hearing is in danger. Depending on how deep it is blocked, but also on the type of object, the doctor decides which is the best procedure for his safe removal.
There are several techniques and tools available to the doctor. It may not be necessary to intervene through specific interventions, and if the object is located in the nose, cover the other nostril and then allow the child to blow the nose with power, hoping that the object will be expelled outside.
The doctor may also use a smaller tweezer, called forceps, or a special nasal aspirator, which has the power to dislocate and evade the object.
The method used depends on the type of object blocked. If it is an insect, the doctor will first introduce a special mineral oil to suffocate it and kill it and only then will it be used to remove it. In the case of a metal object, a magnet can also be used to draw and remove it.
When the object is removed, the doctor carefully analyzes the area to see if there are areas affected by the introduction of that object. It also ensures that there is no residue or residue from the object in question in the area and may prescribe treatment with local antibiotic drops for prophylactic purposes, in order to avoid infections.

How can you prevent obstruction in the nose or ear in children?

Your little one should not be left around small objects or toys, unsuitable for his age. This measure, along with his careful supervision, helps you avoid such unpleasant accidents.
As the child grows, the child should be taught that inserting objects into the nose or ear is harmful and can affect their health.

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